secret garden

Now that OCTOBER is here, it is clear that autumn has well and truly arrived, and with it some days of rain and wind. There have still been some beautiful sunsets (ideally viewed from the large family bathroom in Mowbarton!) and patches of white mist lying on the moor, giving the area its wonderful magical look (bottom right). It's not surprising - we are on a ley line after all. The vine-covered archway leading into the Mowbarton 'secret garden' suffered in one gale so we had to take it down and prune the vine leaves back rather drastically. The grapes survived. 

This last week has been the Wells Literary Festival which attracted some wonderful speakers. It was held in the Bishop's Palace for the first time this year - a brilliant venue. The Palace is well worth a visit at any time of year but at the beginning of December they are holding a Winter Festival which looks great. Last year we went to Bruges for the Christmas Market there. But why travel all that way when you could stay in the comfort of Mowbarton Barn, relaxing beside the log-burning stove in the evening and popping over to the magical Palace at Wells during the day! 


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